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the bombings. president obama marked the moment of silence from the white house. the u.s. senate held a similar tribute on capitol hill. it is still unclear what impact the boston bombings will have on the immigration debate in congress. but the topic of national security is clearly playing a more prominent role in the discussion. things got tense on capitol hill yesterday when senator chuck schumer sparred republican senator chuck grassley about the future of the legislation. take a look. >> a few ways to improve the bill all for an amendment when we start mark-up in may and let's vote on it. i say that particularly those who were pointing to what happened. the terrible tragedy in boston as a -- i would say an excuse for not doing a bill or delaying it many months oer years. >> i never said that. >> i didn't say you did, sir. >> i didn't say -- >> i didn't say you did. i don't mean you, mr. grassley. >> mr. chairman, i don't appreciate the senator demeaning the witnesses that have come here. >> earlier, senator patrick leahy who chairs the judiciary committee opened the hearing with some tough
. this is the "washington times" this morning. so president obama is headed to boston tomorrow. the washington post has this -- athens, ohio, ain democrat. caller: the situation in boston is really horrific and the people who did it clearly need to be brought to justice. msnbc i heard someone talking about who we are as a people and he gave amazing examples of nurses and other citizens who came to the aid of the injured and those killed in the situation. he w spoke ho we are not. he said we are not people who maim people. clearly that the case in the u.s. but when we look at ourselves -- and i've not making any excuses for this type of horrific behavior, but we have to reflect upon our own behavior overseas.ou peoplenes, the innocent who have died in iraq because unnecessary war. i'm not saying the people in boston are tied to this, but they could be. we do bomb and maim innocent people. i'm not saying this is the case, that this is retaliation, but it is possible. we need to look at our own do overseas aswe well as who did this, and they need to be brought to justice, but so do we. host: mike in mass
today. the associated press reports that president obama asked former secretaries of state to lead the delegation to the funeral, which c-span covered earlier this morning. go to our website if you are interested in that. the white house said other delegation members would be from the u.s. embassy and the former u.s. ambassador to the united kingdom, and house speaker boehner announced he was sending three republicans. lincoln, nebraska, democratic color. make it quick. we are running out of time. caller: i promise. under prime minister cameron, you guys are in a triple dip recession. , there used to be 14% growth a few years ago. they are now 7.7%. that is still a lot better than what is going on, and that does tie in with former prime minister thatcher. thank you. guest: that is being pointed at as a mistake of fiscal tightening. there are echoes of thatcherism. the british government would say written has a gigantic financial sector. when this government came to power, it was running eight percent deficits, some of the highest in europe. at some point, international debt markets
hard. >> president obama will travel to boston. you will hear for the next 25 minutes what the president and others had to say. you also hear from vice president joe biden and about five minutes. senate leaders harry reid and mitch mcconnell, and members of the house, including speaker john boehner. president obama spoke this morning saying, among other things, that the bombings were an active terrorists. -- an act of terrorists. >> good morning, everybody. i've just been briefed by my national security team, including f.b.i. director muller, attorney general holder, secretary napolitano, and my counterterrorism and homeland security advisor, lisa monaco, on the attacks in boston. we continue to mobilize and deploy all appropriate law enforcement resources to protect our citizens and investigate and to respond to this attack. obviously our first thoughts this morning are with the victims. their families and the city of boston. explosionst two gravely wounded dozens of americans and took the lives of others, including a 8-year-old boy. this was a heinous and cowardly act and
. >> how could you? >> how do you recover? >> president obama will be in boston tomorrow to help there. vigils of course going all over, a vigil, last night in boston common not far from the bombing scene. >> that's right. two vigils one was for martin, the 8-year-old. another one that was for everybody who was hurt, who was killed, who was there, who just need to come together and be part of a community in moments like this. understandably they wanted to support each other. in times like this that's what is needed. >> harvard, boston university planning vigils. >> there will be more, i am sure. >>> all right, as the search for clues continues in boston, diane sawyer sat down with one man who knows all too well what it feels look to lead a city under attack. former new york city mayor rudy giuliani said we still don't know how much evidence was caught on camera. >> they have a lot of surveillance cameras in boston. more than new york. less than london. you have very much focused on event with the lives of people. professional cameras, amateur cameras. it may be that some person photogr
. >> thanks, john. >>> president obama called the attack cowardly and says investigators will uncover whoever is responsible. he will attend an interfaith service for the victims, it is being held in a cathedral less than a mile from monday's bombings. the president is expected to speak. >> condoleezza rice was secretary of state under george w. bush and served as national security advisor. thank you for joining us secretary rice. let me ask you about this. this is the first bomb attack on u.s. soil since 9/11. what is going on inside the white house. you have been there at a time like this trying to figure things out. >> yes. first let me add my voice, the condolence to the victims and their families prayers for the full recovery of those who remain. obviously in the white house, these are the most difficult of days, the president has to be at once the comforter of the country, the person who pulls the country together in difficult circumstances, the white house will be very focused on preventing the next attack. and indeed the kind of clues that john miller w
. president obama will travel to boston for a memorial service on thursday. the u.s. senate has shut its mail facility for the next couple days after authorities intercepted a letter sent to mississippi republican roger wicker. it was laced with the poison ricin. the letter was post marked from tennessee but had no return address. >>> here in london we are watching the funeral procession for the former british prime minister margaret thatcher. that funeral is due to begin in just about an hour's time at st. paul's cathedral. just outside our studios in london. ross westgate is not with me because he's outside of the cathedral. it looks as though they nearly have arrived. they still have an hour left to go. >> the hearse which you saw creeping behind the church there is just about a half mile away from st. paul's cathedral. it also pretty much marks the spot where the west end becomes the city of london or the city of london that's under the control of the corporation of the city of london. what will happen there is that the hearse will stop and lady thatcher's body and the coffin will be tran
to be terrorized. >> reporter: when president obama asked us to stay vigilant in the wake of the attacks, he may not have foreseen this. bomb-sniffing dogs and robots working overtime. americans seeing something and saying something in droves. >> you feel safer by seeing it but brings it to the forefront of what could happen. >> reporter: a rash of suspicious packages called in to 911 tuesday. >> they located an abandoned box in the trash can that's suspicious in nature. it has wires coming out of it. >> reporter: a bomb-sniffing dog took out this hair dryer. in new jersey, an unattended bag shut down the pat train. police in new york city fielded 77 such reports in less than 24 hours, three times the norm. >> it would be easier if we just did pay attention, but if yesterday doesn't refresh your memory, i don't know what would. >> reporter: the epicenter of the jitters quite justifiably boston, where streets this morning are filled with armored vehicles, heavily armed cops and the national guard. at logan airport officials removed all passengers from a u.s. air flight because of concerns over a
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